Ryanair cabin crew at Eindhoven Airport are threatening to stop working. More than eighty members of staff are demanding better employment conditions.
For the last couple of days FNV labour union representatives have been sitting down with the board of Ryanair, but these negotiations failed, which led to the union issuing an ultimatum. “Next Wednesday we will talk to our members and after that our demands will be passed on, under threat of strike, to Ryanair”, said Asmae Hajjari of FNV Luchtvaart, a union for aviation personnel.
Cabin crew stationed in Eindhoven want a better collective employment agreement, in accordance with Dutch labour laws. Ryanair currently operates under Irish labour laws, leaving personnel worse off, according to the union. Hajjari: “The cabin crew have been paying their social charges in the Netherlands for a long time. But they can’t make use of them because their employer hides behind Irish law”.
Cabin crew held a strike in four European countries last month. Pilots followed suit just last week.